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CES always garners attention and one of the top trends that took center-stage in 2015, was as expected Wearables. A lot of the wearables showcased revolved around a fight for the consumer’s wrist. Smartwatches were aplenty.
With rumors in the industry hinting at a March release for the biggest of them all, the Apple Watch, CES 2015 found a slew of companies rushing to get their smartwatches some face time before the Apple release. Here are some of the notable ones –
Withings Activité Pop
Wearables, with the notable exception of Apple Watch have never been very good looking. But Withings Activite Pop seems to setting things right in that record. With a monochrome and lightweight, clean design, the Pop combines the features of a watch with a fitness tracker. It measures vital metrics from steps taken, distance, calories to running, swimming and sleep. Bluetooth connectivity and an Accelerometer combine with the Health Mate App to give a daily activity breakdown and useful health tips. Though not loaded with many features, the Withings Pop looks to have generated the maximum buzz and interest at CES 2015.
Sony SmartWatch 3
Sony unveiled a new stainless steel design for the SmartWatch 3 powered by Android Wear. Other than the break away from the sporty look to one more geared towards fashion-conscious consumers, there is nothing new that has been added to the product. Notifications, search, tracking, weather and reminders are present along with an inbuilt GPS sensor and intelligent sensor technology. The SmartWatch is also customizable with a variety of watch straps that will be available later this year.
Lenovo Vibe Band VB10
The Vibe Band VB10 is Lenovo’s first foray into the wearable space. Priced at $89, connects via Bluetooth to Android devices. One change from its competitors is that it uses E Ink display that contributes to a long battery life; upto 7 days according to their website. The fitness tracking function helps measure steps, calories, sleep etc.
Guess also jumped on the wearable bandwagon with Guess Connect. Having partnered with Martian Watches, Guess Connect is chic, fashionable and has already been distinguished as a CES 2015 Innovation Award Honoree.
Guess Connect is compatible with both iOS and Android. It is water resistant and offers voice command functions that interact with Siri or Google Voice via Bluetooth. Beautifully blending fashion and technology, Connect houses Martian technology that can be upgraded easily as new features become available without having to buy a whole new watch.
And the list goes on… Like the smartwatch that LG and Audi collaborated on and that was used to get a driverless Audi Prologue on stage at CES. The smartwatch, believed to be an upgraded version of the LG G Watch R runs on LG’s WebOS platform. With sensors to monitor the driver’s heart rate and temperature, the possibilities seem endless.
Which smartwatch do you feel has the most potential? Will Apple, in typical fashion, blow the competition out of the water? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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